The Excel MDURATION Function

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Basic Description

The Excel Mduration function calculates the modified Macaulay Duration of a security that pays periodic interest, assuming a par value of $100.

The syntax of the function is :

MDURATION( settlement, maturity, coupon, yld, frequency, [basis] )

Where the arguments are as follows:

settlement-The settlement date of the security (ie. the date that the coupon is purchased)
maturity-The maturity date of the security (ie. the date that the coupon expires)
coupon-The security's annual coupon rate
yld-The security's annual yield

The number of coupon payments per year. This must be one of the following:


An optional integer argument which specifies the financial day count basis that is used by the security. Possible values are:

BasisDay Count Basis
0 (or omitted)US (NASD) 30/360
4European 30/360
The financial day count basis rules are explained in detail on the Wikipedia Day Count Convention page

Note that the date arguments should be supplied to the function as either:



  • If you attempt to input the date arguments as text, they may be interpreted differently, depending on the date system and date interpretation settings on your computer.
  • Although you can input dates as serial numbers, this is not recommended, as date serial numbering varies across different computer systems.

Excel Mduration Function Example

The following spreadsheet uses the Excel Mduration function to calculate the modified Macaulay Duration of a security that with a settlement date 01-Apr-2010, a maturity date 31-Mar-2020 and a yield of 8%. The coupon rate is 10% and payments are made quarterly.

1Settlement Date:01-Apr-2010
2Maturity Date:31-Mar-2020
3=MDURATION( B1, B2, 10%, 8%, 4 )

The above Mduration function returns the value 6.540828452 years.

Note that, in the above Mduration function call :

Further examples of the Excel Mduration function can be found on the Microsoft Office website.

Mduration Function Errors

If you get an error from the Mduration function, this is likely to be one of the following:

Common Errors

Occurs if either:

  • any of the supplied arguments are non-numeric
  • the settlement date or the maturity date is not a valid Excel date

Occurs if either:

  • the supplied settlement date is ≥ maturity date
  • Invalid numbers are supplied for the coupon, yld, frequency or basis arguments
    (i.e. if either: coupon < 0; yld < 0; frequency is not equal to 1, 2 or 4; or basis is supplied and is not equal to 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4)

Occurs when Analysis ToolPak add-in is not enabled in your Excel.
You will need to enable the add-in if you want to use the Excel Mduration function.

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